I first saw The Ten Commandments during its 1971 theatrical rerelease. I was 8. More than any other, this is the film that changed my world, because it set me on the lifelong avocational path of studying Egyptology. My father was the special effects man who did the final animation for John Fulton's (and DeMille's) concept of the Pillar of Fire for the movie, and, beyond my father's few stories of that project, I had very little knowledge about the film's creation. When I bought the DVD and listened to the commentary by Ms. Orrison, I was overjoyed to find out via that commentary that there was actually a book which would fill-in so much of the story. I am so glad I own this book. It not only gives detailed, enjoyable-to-read information about the movie's creation, but it answers the questions of many critics in the Egyptological community as to why the movie takes conscious liberties with history, despite the tremendous volume of research that was done (several years' worth!) before the cameras began to roll. Ms. Orrison recently lectured about the movie to my local chapter of the American Research Center in Egypt (Northern California), and she is every bit as engaging a speaker as she is an author. I also recommend Ms. Orrison's earlier book, Lionheart in Hollywood, which she co-authored with actor/producer Henry Wilcoxon. More insight into Cecil B. DeMille is available in this volume, as well as additional information on the making and promotion of The Ten Commandments. And finally, both books give a wonderful glimpse into a Hollywood culture that is nearly gone today.